Lot 1514: GEORGE SMITH A 20-BORE (SMOOTHBORED) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 459,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
A 20-BORE (SMOOTHBORED) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 459,
28in. nitro reproved bold damascus barrels (smoothbored from a black powder rifle calibre, likely conversion from pinfire or muzzle loading), engraved bands at the breech ends, rib engraved ''''GEORGE SMITH MAKER TO H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES. 16. DAVIES STREET. BERKELEY SQre. LONDON'', and dovetailed insert from removed sights, bead fore-sight, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, Jones patent rotary-underlever, carved serpentine fences of pinfire form, non-rebounding back-action locks with bolted high spurred dolphin hammers, bold acanthus scroll engraving, triggerguard forming a skeletal pistolgrip, retaining traces of colour-hardening, 14in. well-figured stock with cheekpiece, rear sling eye missing, engraved and chequered steel buttplate, weight 7lb. 9oz.